Far too many people continue to ignore the medical authorities, proving it's impossible to fix "stupid".COVID-19 hospitalization and ICU admission rates rising across Canada: Tam
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Publishing date:Apr 24, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Passengers arrive at the B.C. Ferries terminal as new non-essential travel restrictions between provincial health authority regions were announced, in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, in Tsawwassen, B.C., April 23, 2021.
Passengers arrive at the B.C. Ferries terminal as new non-essential travel restrictions between provincial health authority regions were announced, in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, in Tsawwassen, B.C., April 23, 2021. PHOTO BY JENNIFER GAUTHIER /REUTERS
OTTAWA — Canada’s Chief Public Health officer says the latest national data shows an ongoing rise in severe illness from COVID-19 is continuing to strain the country’s health-care systems and workers.
Dr. Theresa Tam says in a statement that average weekly rates of admission to hospitals, including intensive care units, continue to climb, even with a slight decline in overall new cases.
According to Tam’s numbers, an average of 4,167 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the week of April 16 to 22, marking a 22% increase over the week before.
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Tam says that includes an average of 1,268 people requiring intensive care each day, which is 21% more than in the previous week.
In that same period, the average number of new cases reported each day fell by 2.6%, which she says is a sign that public health enforcement and vaccination efforts are succeeding.
Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is calling once again for Ottawa to halt all non-essential travel across Canadian borders, after officials in his province reported 36 confirmed cases Friday of the B.1.617 variant first detected in India.
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